Art
Photography

Black-and-white photography: 3 tips to master mono conversions

Quality black-and-white conversion is more than pressing a button or dropping the saturation. Review this video, and achieve better results by considering the three tips it offers before you convert.
Emerging Tech

Meet the Australian ‘techno-artist’ growing a web-connected ear on his arm

Ear on Arm is an ongoing endeavor by the artist Stelarc, whose eccentric performances put his squishy body in the indifferent grip of technology. Stelarc sees the modern body as a “chimera of meat, metal, and code,” and uses it both as…
Computing

More than selfies: Google’s apps bring the world of art to your phone

Google's new Arts & Culture Experiments want to turn your phone into an art museum, with some new apps that let you browse paintings by color palette or explore the 20th century with Life magazine's iconic photos.
Computing

Computers saw Jesus, graffiti, and selfies in this art, and critics were floored

Several different machine learning systems were used to categorize the Barnes Foundation’s digitized collection, and the results were rather surprising.
Emerging Tech

Experts hope high-tech 3D image analysis will help save deteriorating paintings

Researchers are baffled by a chemical reaction that causes paintings to fade, and now they hope some high-tech help will tell them why. Conservationists will use 3D imaging to try and preserve 20th century masterpieces.
Emerging Tech

Hundreds of drones will fly like birds above Miami Beach at Art Basel

Created by Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta in collaboration with BMW, Franchise Freedom, will use a murmuration algorithm to control hundreds of drones and ensure no two performances are the same.
Smart Home

Meural launches its second-generation Meural Canvas to bring culture to your home

Meural has unveiled the second generation of the Meural Canvas, which is now available in three new designs crafted from sustainably sourced American hardwood. So if you're looking to bring some culture into your home, start here.
Emerging Tech

Using glass, steel, and trash from the landfill, woman makes art from garbage

Making art from garbage, Jen Fuller transforms “everyday objects into experiences” using glass, steel, and trash. Fuller forces the viewer to take a different perspective on the art she creates.
Emerging Tech

What does 4G sound like? Robotic instrument turns mobile data into music

The Kinetic Generative Music Installation consists of 77 individual “players" that use a metal bar, sound activator, dampener, resonator, and mechatronics, which combined electronics and mechanical engineering.
Photography

A failed selfie causes $200,000 worth of damage at an L.A. art exhibit

A woman paying a recent visit to an art exhibition in Los Angeles thought it'd be a great idea to grab a selfie that included one of its installations. Trouble is, it ended in disaster.
Emerging Tech

Spray-painting drones may soon beautify a construction site near you

One of the biggest spray-painted mural ever made is being planned for Berlin. But, rather than employ human interns to do the dirty work, the mural will be created by Paint By Drone's artistic quadcopters.
Emerging Tech

Creative AI makes epic dinosaur art by cleverly arranging pictures of flowers

Australian artist Chris Rodley is using artificial intelligence (AI) to mash up a book of dinosaur pictures with a book of flower paintings to create some trippy images. The results are amazing.
Features

‘Undercurrent’ isn’t a Matisyahu album, it’s a soundtrack for life

Some men go on quests, others go on journeys. In the latter category falls Matisyahu, the noted Jewish reggae/hip-hop beatboxer who’s taken live improv to another level with his new album, Undercurrent.
Emerging Tech

Artist re-creates the birthplace of artificial intelligence

Artist Daniel Pillis created a replica of the offices of computer scientists Allen Newell and Herbert Simon, where the first artificial intelligence was born over fifty years ago.
Web

Become a cultural aficionado with Google’s improved art searches

Google wants to help you become a true connoisseur in the realm of art. Thanks to Google's newest update to its Search function, you'll be able to "access more relevant results...and dive deeper into topics of interest."
Emerging Tech

Vomit-inducing thrill ride reads your heart rate and muscle tension, then speeds up accordingly

Netherlands-based artist and product designer Daniël de Bruin has built a vomit-inducing thrill ride that reads his heart rate and muscle tension, and uses this data to know when to speed up.
Web

Etsy Studio makes materials easier to find, Shop Manager makes them easier to sell

Etsy's new Studio and Shop Manager make it easier to find tutorials, tools, and materials all in one place. It's part of the e-commerce site's push for a bigger slice of the craft industry.
Web

Culture vultures can now swoop in and download 375,000 Met Museum images

Underscoring the notion that art is by the people, for the people, the Met Museum has made its veritable treasure trove of stunning imagery available to the public. The decision was announced Tuesday.